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Laos & Cambodia Explorer

Trip Length

Trip Code

14 days PALC

Maximum Passengers

16 people

Countries Visited

Cambodia, Laos, Thailand

Start City

End City

Bangkok, Thailand Siem Reap, Cambodia
Laos & Cambodia Explorer

Laos and Cambodia are the two hidden gems of the former French Indochina. Starting in Bangkok, we explore the bustling Thai capital before flying to Chiang Rai, then crossing into Laos and spending a week in this unique, but little-known country. We take the slow boat to Luang Prabang, where royal palaces and temples tell the story of the rich Lao culture and heritage. A visit to the mysterious Plain of Jars takes us even further back in time to an archaeological site said to be 2000 years old, whilst nearby Hmong villages remind us also of the country’s cultural diversity. The capital, Vientiane, is a sleepy yet charming town on the Mekong River, with its old buildings still exuding the mood of the French colonial days. Just in the last couple of years the Kingdom of Cambodia has arisen from the ashes of war and internal strife, and its monumental treasures are again on show to travellers. The incredible temple complex near Siem Reap has astounded archaeologists since its rediscovery and subsequent recovery from the jungles, 150 years ago. The famous Angkor Wat is but one of many glorious monuments in that area. Phnom Penh, now reconstructed, still contains vestiges of the French colonial era in its historic architecture.

 

Why we love it:

Laos & Cambodia Explorer


Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1: Bangkok

Accommodation: Nouvo City Hotel or similar, Bangkok

Activities:

Day 2: Bangkok - Chiang Rai

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Wiang Inn Hotel or similar, Chiang Rai

Activities:

Day 3: Huay Xai - Pakbeng

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Activities:

Day 4: Luang Prabang

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: New Daraphet Villa or similar, Luang Prabang

Activities:

Day 5: Luang Prabang

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: New Daraphet Villa or similar, Luang Prabang

Activities:

Day 6: Phonsavan

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Anoulack Ken Lao Hotel or similar, Xiengkhouang

Activities:

Day 7: Phonsavan - Vientiane

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: City Inn or similar, Vientiane

Activities:

Day 8: Vientiane

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: City Inn or similar, Vientiane

Activities:

Day 9: Vientiane - Phnom Penh

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Ohana Palace Hotel or similar, Phnom Penh

Activities:

Day 10: Phnom Penh

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Ohana Palace Hotel or similar, Phnom Penh

Activities:

Day 11: Siem Reap

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Steung Siem Reap Hotel or similar, Siem Reap

Activities:

Day 12: Siem Reap

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch

Accommodation: Steung Siem Reap Hotel or similar, Siem Reap

Activities:

Day 13: Siem Reap

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Steung Siem Reap Hotel or similar, Siem Reap

Activities:

Day 14: Siem Reap

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Steung Siem Reap Hotel or similar, Siem Reap

Activities:


Your Trip

What's Included

Transport

Non-included Meals

Some meals are included on your trip (except for North America trips - please refer to your day-to-day itinerary). However, sometimes we think you'll benefit from getting out and discovering the local cuisine. So when a meal is not included, it's a great opportunity to try something new. For group trips, ask your leader for tips on where to get the best meal, or you might decide to dine out as a group and experience the fun together.

Not Included

Optional Extras

We have chosen a selection of some great optional activities to enhance your travel experience. You will need to cover any additional costs yourself. The below list is not exhaustive and should be used as a guide only. Prices are approximate and are for entrance only and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability and it may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination.
Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. This means that it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, however we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Activities not listed below have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and leaders are unable to assist you with booking these activities. The decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk.


What to know

Vaccinations

Vaccinations may be required for this trip. Please talk to your doctor about the up-to-date information for this region.  We're travel experts, not doctors and defer to the medicos when it comes to inoculations.

Visas and Permits

Please ensure that you have all required visas for your trip – this is your responsibility. Rules and regulations governing the issuance of visas are constantly changing, and vary for different nationalities and you should check visa requirements with your travel agent or relevant consular authority well before travel.

Cambodia
Visas can be organised on arrival, or in advance. If you wish to obtain you visa prior to departure please contact the embassy or consulate and allow approx 3 weeks for the visa to be processed.

If you are obtaining your visa on arrival at the airport or at a border crossing you can do so for approx US$25.00 (cost subject to change)- you will need a passport photo if you wish to do this.

Most countries can obtain their visa on arrival including, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, New Zealand, South Africa, Switzerland, United Kingdom and the USA. If your country is not listed above please contact your embassy.

The above information has been put together as a guide. We do endeavour to update this information as much as possible but it’s also important that you check for yourself as visas are the responsibility of the traveller.

Laos
We ask all our travellers to obtain their Laos visas at the border, and NOT in their home country. Your tour leader will assist you in obtaining a Laos visa, generally at the border, depending on the current state of affairs, as it can vary.

Please ensure that you have at least 1 passport photos and up to US$60 cash (this may vary too) to fulfil the requirements. There will also be an Immigration Fee of USD1. To assist us in processing your Laos visas, please provide your agent with accurate passport details prior to the departure of your trip as these details will be passed on to our leader.

When crossing the border you will most likely see a lesser entry fee than what you have paid. This is due to the leader having to use a local agent to process the visa which allows the group to cross the border as quickly as possible.

The above information has been put together as a guide. We do endeavor to update this information as much as possible but it’s also important that you check for yourself as visas are the responsibility of the traveller.

Thailand
If you are flying into Thailand you will be issued with a 30 day stay on arrival.

If entering by a land border, you will be granted a 15 day stay only (exceptions are citizens of the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, France, Italy, Germany and Japan who are eligible for 30 day visa at land borders). A visa extension can be obtained in Thailand at an immigration office for approx. 2000THB or alternatively you can apply for a Thailand visa in advance from your embassy or consulate that will allow a 30 day stay when entering at an overland border. If planning to enter Thailand via a land border multiple times during your travels, we recommend you pre-obtain a 60 day multiple entry visa from you embassy or consulate before you travel rather than attempting to obtain a visa at the border on multiple occasions which may result in being denied re-entry into the country.

If you are not from one of the following countries please contact your consulate or embassy for more information on visa conditions for Thailand; Australia, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, New Zealand, South Africa, Switzerland, United Kingdom and USA.

The above information has been put together as a guide. We do endeavor to update this information as much as possible but it’s also important that you check for yourself as visas are the responsibility of the traveller.

Insurance

You are required to have travel insurance before heading off on a Peregrine trip. Insurance can be organised by your Peregrine representative or your travel agent.

Responsible Travel

Our Responsible Travel ethos is at the heart of everything we do, from getting the basics right like respecting local cultures and the environment, to initiating projects that make positive contributions to communities, to our staff’s fundraising efforts and offsetting our carbon emissions.
Please visit our Responsible Travel (http://www.peregrineadventures.com/rt) page for more information.

Customs and Culture

Our Pre Departure Information or Travel Dossier (provided upon booking a trip) provides tips on how you can show respect for the local customs and culture in the country you are travelling in. Your leader will also help steer you though the complexities of local cultural norms.

Pre Departure Information
The information listed above is a brief description of some things you may need to consider when booking a trip. Once a tour is booked you will be provided with a link to your Travel Dossier which will contain detailed Pre Departure information.

Further Reading

Cambodia

A History of Cambodia-David Chandler Brother Number One (A Political Biography of Pol Pot)-David Chandler Sihanouk (Prince of Light, Prince of Darkness-Milton Osbourne A Dragon Apparent-Norman Lewis Angkor (An Introduction to the Temples)-Dawn Rooney Angkor: An Introduction-George Coedes River of Time-Jon Swain Angkor Heart of Asian Empire-Sharon AuRick Cambodia-Lonely Planet

Laos

Travels in Siam, Cambodia & Laos-Henri Mouhot A Dragon Apparent-Norman Lewis Treasures from Laos-Lao Govt History of Laos-M. Viravong Laos: War & Revolution-Nina Adams Historical Dictionary of Laos -Martin Stuart-Fox and Mary Kooyman The Mekong-John Hoskins The Ravens (Pilots of the Secret War of Laos) -Christopher Robbins Laos-Lonely Planet

Thailand

There are a number of books that make interesting reading and provide insight into the country's history, politics and culture. A few suggestions are: Mai Pen Rai Means Never Mind-Carol Hollinger Monsoon Country-Pira Sudham The Hilltribes of Northern Thailand-Gordon Young Thailand-Lonely Planet Thai Ways-Dennis Segaller Thailand: A Short History-David Wyatt Culture Shock! Thailand & How to Survive It-Robert& Nanthapa Cooper The English Governess at the Siamese Court-Anna Leonowens The Beach-Alex Garland Travelers’ Tales Thailand -Charles Nicholls, Pico Iyer, et al. Borderlines -Charles Nicholls


Important Information

Your fellow travellers
On this trip you may link up with passengers booked on other Peregrine tours. You may also be joined by like-minded travellers from our sister company Intrepid Travel.

Local Tour Leaders
By employing and training local guides to lead our group holidays, there is a two-fold benefit. Firstly, we provide employment opportunities for the local community. Just as importantly is the benefit to you, the traveller. Your tour leader’s friendship, humour, passion and intimate knowledge of the region will be key factors in making your holiday a success.

We use several different tour leaders to run the various sectors of this particular trip. You will be unescorted for the flight between Vientiane and Siem Reap.

Thai Etiquettes and Customs
Your tour leader will advise you further on Thai cultural etiquettes during your tour; however, here are some simple ones to get you started.
· Patting a Thai on their head is considered extremely rude and insulting
· Public displays of affection are not acceptable, including holding hands and kissing.
· Losing your temper or showing anger and shouting or yelling will lose respect immediately; to remain cool, calm and collected at all times is an admired quality in a  person in Thai culture
· When visiting temples, ensure your shoulders and knees are covered. They are places of worship, so it is important to dress modestly
· The monarchy is held in very high esteem in Thailand. Please show the highest level of respect to the king of Thailand and never make jokes about him

Songkran in Thailand
The Thai Buddhist New Year or Songkran is celebrated every year on 13th April, although the associated water throwing festivities can start well before and go on through to a week well beyond this date. Songkran is a time of cleaning and renewal. Thais go to the temple to pray, give food to the monks and clean the Buddha statues with scented water. It is believed these practises will bring good luck and prosperity for the coming year. Water is used to pay respect to your elders, particularly your parents, during the Songkran period. It is poured in small amounts over the hands as a sign of respect. These days the nation erupts into one huge water fight and the small amounts have turned into bucket loads. The date used to be set by astrological calculations, but these days the date is set. Until 1888 Songkran represented the beginning of the year in Thailand. After 1888 the date of 1st April was considered the first day of the year. In 1940 the date of 1st January was recognised as the beginning of the new year, in line with international practice. It is a great time of year to be in Thailand and a lot of fun taken in the right spirit. However you will need to have an easy going attitude to your travels, as when you head outside there is a good chance that you will get wet. In addition to this it is a busy travel time, so you may find that the transport listed in the itinerary is not always the transport you get.

Dry Season Tours
Please note that March and April are traditionally the hot dry months. During this time, the villagers burn their fields before the onset of the wet season, in order to prepare for the following season’s harvest. Whilst travelling at this time of the year, please be prepared for the fact that the fields and jungles are not lush and green, but dry and brown.

Single Supplements
If you have booked a single supplement for this trip please note it will not be applicable for the following night:
Day 3 - Pakbeng
To enquire about booking a single supplement please contact your sales agent.

Laos hotels
Please note you may find the hotels in smaller towns in Laos such as Pak Beng and Phonsavan to be a lower standard compared with other accommodation you experience on this trip. Please note this is due to the basic infrastructure and limited choice of hotels in these areas. Despite this we hope you enjoy the laid back nature of these destinations, which add to the contrast of the places you experience on your journey.

Local Emergency Contacts
In the case of a genuine crisis or emergency, the Peregrine's Thailand Office can be reached on Tel: +66 898 103 722. Peregrine's Cambodia office can be reached on Tel: +855 92 555 969.

About this Information

The information provided here is given in good faith and has been compiled with all reasonable care. However, things change and some of the information may become out of date. Please keep this in mind when you read it and check with us if you want to be sure about something. The document was correct at time of printing, but you can check online for the most up to date version.  If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff in Australia. We are here to help you!

Last Updated

29 April 2014


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